IN THE MARKET FOR FOOD AND FUN
West Linn's Summer Market kicked off June 5 and will continue every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. through August.
The Summer Market, which takes place along the historic Willamette Falls Drive in West Linn, attracts people from all over the area with its food, drink and music. The market boasts a variety of vendors offering local produce and honey, handmade artisan crafts, hot foods and sweet treats. The market also features a beer and wine garden.
The market has a record number of booths this year according to Market Manager Cortney Robinson.
"We've almost doubled our booths from last year," she said.
According to Robinson the market had 30 or 40 booths last year and now has just over 60.
Robinson said one of the biggest draws to the market is the wine. In addition to being served in the beer and wine garden, wine from local wineries can be bought by the bottle at several booths.
In years past, the market would see about 300-500 people coming through on nights when the market was just getting started, but then attendance would drop off as the summer wore on Robinson said.
"I'm hoping to keep that momentum throughout (the summer). It tends to drop off toward the end of the market, because if we don't have enough attendance, some of the vendors leave and if some of the vendors leave, some of the customers leave," she explained.
Hopefully, the greater number of vendors at this year's market will prevent that cycle of declining attendance and vendor participation.
Opening night of the market saw community members of all ages whole-heartedly enjoying themselves: wide-eyed kids devouring cotton candy, watching parents smiling as their children's faces are painted, couples perusing the fresh, local produce and vendors happily offering samples to anyone passing by.
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